Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Day of Decadence

these cookies only look like your ordianary (tho totally super yummy and amazing) vegan chocolate chip cookies, but they're not...look closer! what is that making them so fantastically scrumptious and flavorful that you can just barely discover with the naked eye (but your nose would totally tell you if we had smellevision :)? It's this!
Mmmmmm, crystallized ginger, my favorite! I picked some up at Mother Earth from the bulk bins recently and wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it (you know, aside from just breaking out the bag and nibbling a piece from time to time). Taking a tip from Green & Blacks dark chocolate bar with crystallized ginger (love. this. bar.) I realized these had to be worth throwing together (just subbed my usual 1/2 c. of walnuts or pecans with 1/2 c. chopped crystallized ginger), how could they be bad? All the perfect chocolate chip cookie I love with tiny bites of gingery goodness! Now, the trick will be to just eat only one....every other day...and not make them again until at LEAST the holidays! hehe.

This morning I knew I wanted to have a couple items in the 'fridge for the next couple of days (thinking of stuffing some mushrooms with VwaV's tempeh crumbles much like my grandma's sausage-laden versions from my childhood and topping a pizza with more of the same and some potatoes as Isa suggests...so good!), and while cooking those up, deciding what type of smoothie to make on the side I thought of all those crazy, fatty, sodium-filled bowls that everyone's serving in fast food joints. First Taco Bell (made sense enough) then KFC (weird). While I don't eat at these places *shudder at the thought!* I'm totally down with the idea of just putting all the stuff you like in one bowl rather than on a plate before digging in.

So the smoothie idea was totally forgotten and I had a little fun. It went a little something like this:

Break out my newest cute bowl.
Place in it a few roasted potatoes (roasted with onion, olive oil, sea salt, rosemary, and thyme, my fave combination).
Go nuts and grate an ounce of FYH's Monterey Jack style cheeze.

Top that with some tempeh crumbles. Don't forget the dallop of leftover Punk Rock Chickpea Gravy (mmmm, steamy!)
And finish it off with a quarter of a creamy avacado, chopped. This was great! All the wonderful flavors I love without stuffing myself first thing in the morning. It was just enough food to get me going with my day without making me feel icky and overly full (a problem for me lately) but still had all the flavors to satisfy my demanding taste buds. What kind of decadent bowl would you find most tantalizing?

Tomorrow night's 'clean out the 'fridge' night before our trip to the beach. Should be interesting!


Anonymous said...

great idea putting the ginger in the cookies. I find the candied ginger too strong to eat a chunck of it on its own, but I do like a tiny piece ontop of a molassas/ginger cookie. I never thought of a chocolate chip cookie, but that's brilliant!

Amey said...

I am all about eating the whole darn meal in one big bowl. It's fun and easy, and it's fewer dishes to wash!

Candi said...

WOW! Your cookies look so perfectly done! I want to reach into my screen and grab one (or ten!) YUM! I love the idea of the ginger. I just bought some myself and may be baking with it soon. :)

What an adorable bowl!! Anything would taste good out of that! Lol! I love your combo of potatoes, cheeze, tempeh, gravy and avocado!! :P

Hmmm, if I could have a bowl of something, I think I'd have vegan shepherd's pie! :P :P :P :P (made with seitan)

I hope you have a great beach day!! The beach?!?! Lucky you! It's nice here, but not nice enough for the beach. :) I hope you have a great time!!

Harmonia said...

I didn't eat breakfast this morning and have to purchase a lunch later. blah. no time to cook last night. This post is torturing me! Everything looks so good! I have been thinking about getting some cystalized ginger but wasn't sure what to do with it!

aTxVegn said...

The cookies are definitely decadent; the breakfast is just plain yum! I wasn't expecting you to call it "breakfast" though. Sounds like a great dinner too. Great pics, too, as usual.

Anonymous said...

I loved that dish come together LOL
I think I would've eaten the roasted potatoes before anybody had the chance to add anything else to them, though. They look amazing.
And I won't even mention the cookies !!!

Nikk said...

That bowl is fantastic. That's a food fantasy become real! :)

Cheese, gravy, avocado...these are a few of my favorite things!

Oh, and the cookies sound interesting. I've never really had crystallized ginger, but it must taste good with all that chocolatey goodness.

Candi said...

Hey there!! :) :) I wanted to tell you that the nut oils we were typing about, like hazelnut, walnut, etc...are fun to work with and I think you should try one! I add them to salad dressings, other cold dishes like pasta or bean salad, and also hummus and pesto and foods like that. It changes the flavor slightly and also it's nice to vary up nutritionally from just olive all the time, like I used to do! :) Ask for some nut oils for Christmas! :) They last along time!

Hope you had a relaxing day!!

laura k said...

Loving the step-by-step on your fabulous bowl of breakfast goodness! My bowl would probably contain sauteed kale mashed potatoes, and some nutritional yeast gravy (last night's dinner--it was yum...). And I bet that ginger-cookie combo is just delicious.

Anonymous said...

I just found your website and love it! Can you share your cookie recipe? I would love to make those scrumptious looking cookies! Thanks :)

Anonymous said...

just found your website and love it. Can you share the cookie recipe, they look great!

Anonymous said...

The ginger in the cookies is a terrific idea. My mom loves crystalized ginger and I think I will bake these and mail them to her.

I like your breakfast bowl idea.

Anonymous said...

What recipe did you use for the choc chip cookies? I am finally going to make these and mail them to my mom and was thinking about using Dreena's Homestyle Choc Chip Cookie recipe but was just curious if you had a better one. Thanks!